Doctors said NFL player Damar Hamlin set “every alarm off in the [Intensive Care Unit] ICU” when his teammate Nyheim Hines ran back the opening kickoff for a 96-yard touchdown on Sunday.
The physicians at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center gave an update to the press on Monday about what happened in that room while Hamlin was watching the game between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots. It comes at the 15:08 minute mark.
“We have permission from him [Hamlin] and his family to let you know that he did watch the game on Sunday,” one of the doctors at the UC Medical Center shared.
“He was beyond excited,” the doctor added. “And feels very supported the outpouring of love from across the league. And especially from the Buffalo area.”
“He watched the game yesterday when the opening kickoff was run back [for a touchdown] he jumped up and down, got out of his chair,” the doctor continued. “Set, I think, every alarm off in the ICU in the process.”
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The physician assured the press the NFL player was “fine” despite all the alarms, noting that it was an “appropriate reaction” to the very exciting play in the game that gave Buffalo the lead which they basically maintained until the end, beating the Patriots 35-23.
Ahead of the game, the Bills’ player tweeted a photo showing him hooked up machines and IV’s in his hospital room ready to root on his team.
“GameTime!! [Buffalo Bills],” Hamlin’s tweet read.
— 𝐃𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐇𝐚𝐦𝐥𝐢𝐧 (@HamlinIsland) January 8, 2023
A few minutes after the game started, a tweet from Hamlin read simply “OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Earlier in the press conference on Monday, doctors announced that Hamlin was being released to go home to Buffalo after he underwent a cardiac arrest during the first part of the game a week ago between Buffalo and the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bills’ player also tweeted out the exciting news announcing he was headed back home.
Headed home to Buffalo today with a lot of love on my heart. 🏾
Watching the world come together around me on Sunday was truly an amazing feeling.
The same love you all have shown me is the same love that I plan to put back into the world n more.
Bigger than football! 🏾
— 𝐃𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐇𝐚𝐦𝐥𝐢𝐧 (@HamlinIsland) January 9, 2023
“Headed home to Buffalo today with a lot of love on my heart,” Hamlin wrote. “Watching the world come together around me on Sunday was truly an amazing feeling. The same love you all have shown me is the same love that I plan to put back into the world and more. Bigger than football!”